English at Scotts Primary School
Intent: At Scotts, we know and understand our children. We have listened to our children’s voices, and we have created a curriculum that encourages them to become enthusiastic and engaged with English. We have worked hard to provide our children with rich and varied learning opportunities that help them to become confident and enthusiastic learners. We want our children to have a positive attitude towards communication and to be able to independently express their emotions and their ideas. Through our English Curriculum, we strive to teach the children how important their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills will be in the real world. By giving this context to their learning, the children understand the value of English to them now, and in their futures.
At Scotts we want all of our pupils to be capable readers, writers, spellers and speakers, who can transfer their English skills to other curriculum subjects and who are prepared for the next steps in their education. Our English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary. English is often taught in a cross-curricular way, linking up with other areas of the curriculum. We teach our pupils to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions. We know and understand the value of excellent vocabulary and this is developed and practised across our curriculum consistently. Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely throughout all areas of their learning. We use Little Wandle (Letters and Sounds Revised) for our phonics programme and we understand that phonic awareness helps with the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds. Our children are listened to in their reading regularly, both individually and in groups/whole class situations. Our whole class guided reading sessions cover a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction books and help to advance the children’s comprehension skills. Parents are given reading guidance and clear expectations about reading at home. We have also hosted reading workshops for parents to attend.
We develop writing skills so that our children have the stamina and ability to write at the age expected standard. To support children in moving towards independent writing, we provide a wide range of activities including the use of film and imagery, music, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer assessment and discussion. We provide varied and exciting opportunities for writing for purpose and we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors and poets. We promote the importance of written work by providing a writing purpose and opportunities for children’s writing to be read aloud and listened to by an audience. We share examples of ‘super sentences’ in our whole school assemblies where children’s writing is celebrated and then displayed. We also display excellent pieces of writing which gives our children added incentive to produce quality writing for an audience.
Handwriting sessions are regularly incorporated into our English lessons as well as targeted handwriting practice where necessary. We have developed and participated in a range of extra activities which are used to promote English within the school including: World Book Day, A.I.M. High writing workshops, weekly super sentence awards, local library visits, Good to be Different Days and author visits.
Reading for Pleasure
At Scotts we strongly believe that a love of reading should be embedded from an early age. We understand that in order for children to become excellent writers they need to read and therefore we aim to engage the children with different genres of books and encourage them to read for pleasure.
Our children have access to a broad range of high quality fiction and non-fiction books in their classroom and our school libraries. We encourage our children to read high quality children’s literature whilst developing a love of reading.
Ruby's worry by Tom Percival (read by Mrs Taylor)
I believe I can by Grace Byers (read by Ms Uppal)
The way I feel by Steve Metzger (read by Mrs Taylor
Our children enjoying reading for pleasure during visits to our newly refurbished Junior Library.
Our school has chosen Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised as our new systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme to teach early reading and spelling.
Please click on the link below which will take you to the parent support page for phonics information.
Our school has chosen Spelling Shed as our way to teach spellings to our children and support them to consolidate and develop their skills.
Spelling Shed is a spelling scheme for years 1-6 which gives complete coverage of the National Curriculum. Teachers are able to keep track of how children are getting on with their spellings and assign them specific spellings. There is also an option where children can play games against the other children in their class.
National Curriculum Spelling lists
Aim High - Able Writers' Workshop
Some of our Year 5 and 6 children took part in a poetry writing workshop with author Phillip Wilcox. They had a wonderful day writing and performing poetry!
Well done to all of the children that entered our writing competition in the spring 1 half term! There were some fantastic stories written and we were so impressed with the number of entries. Well done to the individual winners in each class and to Bisma for the overall KS2 winner and Elisa for the overall EYFS/KS1 winner.
We look forward to sharing the next writing competition with you for this half term!